Welcome to the official web site of 4th Fest of Greater Racine. Here you'll find everything you need to know about one of the Midwest's largest and most colorful Independence Day parades -- cited by USA Today in 2008 as one of the Top Ten places to be in the country for Independence Day (just behind Washington, D.C.) In fact, the entire Racine community -- some 100,000 spectators of the parade alone! -- is abuzz with Independence Day activities throughout the day.
The theme of our 2019 parade is “America-50 Years To The Moon And Back!"”
We hope to take you back to your childhood as America sent men into space! Participants are encouraged to keep with our theme as they parade down Main Street USA and along our 2.6 mile parade route. Spectators will see all their favorites, as well: horses, clowns, jugglers, antique cars, the popular Iwo Jima presentation, servicemen and servicewomen, award-winning marching bands (and drum & bugle corps), colorful floats, dance troupes, sports heroes, school groups, politicians, and other dignitaries -- more than 100 units in all! Indeed, there's something for everyone….
4th Fest of Greater Racine is pleased to announce that Jim Wardrip was selected as the 2019 recipient of the Mark "Mr. Racine" Spirit of Racine award and Lou Toutant will be honored as Mr. 4th Fest! Both men will receive their awards at our July 3rd Strike Up The Festivities Party on Monument Square! Join us at 6 pm for fun, music and food as we get ready for the Big Parade the next day.
Thank you Racine for another great year!